Life always seems to carry tough times, some harder than others, and hope can appear to dim quickly. That is when we need to close our eyes most, and cling to the faith that God planted in us.
Luke 18:1-8 offers hope for going through tough times. It says:
1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, Grant me justice against my adversary. 4 For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she wont eventually come and attack me! 6 And the Lord said, Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth.
I formerly thought that this parable implied the more frequently we beg God with our requests, the more likely He is to reply and fulfill our requests. I have come to realize that is not exactly the case. It always seemed dysfunctional to me that if I begged God more and more, as with the crooked judge who got worn out, He would cave in to give me what I want, just like a nagging child to his parent. But in actuality, this passage is not to be read through the lens of general prayer; rather, it displays a picture of God’s chosen people suffering and waiting for Jesus’ return. God patiently listens to His “chosen ones” as they pray in their constant distress, waiting for the proper time to act on their behalf. Justice will come for the people of God, from God Himself, and the delay will prove to be momentary when looking back.
But until then, we are to turn in faith and trust that God will come through, no matter how dreadfully tough things may seem to be.